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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: The Beauty of Kundalini Yoga

Excerpts from The Aquarian Teacher KRI Training Manual Level One Textbook

I felt that people in the West needed the type of [yoga] system which could give them a positive realization and awareness in a short time. That system had to be strong enough and practical enough that any householder could practice it. There is no better system known to me than Kundalini Yoga.

The beauty or Kundalini Yoga is that if you can just physically sit there, fix the automatic rhythm of your pranayam (breath control), and add a creative naad (inner sound), your mind becomes focused and balanced. In one kriya you can immediately achieve a complete physical, mental, and spiritual balance. It works so effectively and quickly because of this completeness, balance, and energy.

Since any method, from prayer to dance, that helps you achieve Universal Consciousness must eventually raise your kundalini to accomplish it, why not start with Kundalini Yoga direct? Kundalini Yoga is direct, quick, and a perfect practice for the pace of a modern household.

It is difficult to teach Kundalini Yoga. A teacher who does not have a beam of energy within him or herself cannot teach it. That is the first fundamental. As a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, you should be established at a certain steady level of consciousness to pull the people up to that level. If you do not have that link of consciousness, the Golden Link, and the spark or awareness, then you can only instruct in darkness.

That is the problem. You could come, and I could give you a bunch of powerful and elegant exercises. You would feel good. However, when I then talk about life and humanity, and the total sum of existence and consciousness, you have to feel that magnetism come out of me. My reality and confirmed consciousness must be present to act as a guide and compass. If I can't give you that, there is nothing to pull you to that new level. Kundalini Yoga is the master science of experience and awareness. It is a transmission of consciousness from person to person. It is a Raj Yoga that awakens you inside.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan